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Price $ 12,960,000.00
The Buckaroo Ranch is located in the foothills of the Blue Mountains of Oregon and overlooks the North Fork John Day River valley. Consisting of approximately 16,200 total acres, the topography is primarily gentle. The ranch’s location and abundance of meadows, creeks, and draws make this property ideal for trophy elk hunting and many other recreational activities. The ranch is 25+/- square miles in size and has a strategic location as both a private hunting preserve and a recreation tract with long-term forest investment opportunity. This status is due to its proximity to the North Fork John Day River and Camas Creek, which are both known for excellent trout, steelhead and salmon fishing. The Bridge Creek Wildlife area, managed as a wintering area for elk by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, is nearby.
The ranch’s ridgetop location provides seclusion with no public access. A number of excellent sites for development of a hunting lodge, camp or other improvements exist. There are two gated entries from USFS roads in the northwest portion of the ranch and from Highway 395 through state and private lands.
Location of Subject Property:
Umatilla County, Ukiah, Oregon
Ukiah, OR – 7 miles
The property contains an old cabin which the cattle lessee stays in while gathering and checking cattle. The cabin site has an excellent spring that could be developed with a concrete storage box.
The property also possesses a site for a 2,000 foot airstrip as well as an additional home site that has a great view of the mountains.
There is an excellent internal road system with over 118 miles of improved and semi-improved mountain roads. Serval rock pits exists with high quality rock that has been used to maintain the property/roads.
The property has five creeks: Deer Horn, Five Mile, Rush, Jericho, and Buckaroo. All of the creeks eventually drain into the North Fork of the John Day River System. Five Mile Creek drains into Camas Creek which drains into the North Fork John Day River. There are also numerous ponds and springs throughout the property.
The Buckaroo Ranch has been managed for timber production for over 80 years by both public and private companies. The site productivity of the Buckaroo Ranch is average to above-average for eastern Oregon timber lands. The owners have practiced selective cutting over the years, so it provides good cover and food for many kinds of wildlife. The principal timber species is Ponderosa Pine, with lesser stands of Douglas Fir, White Fir, Tamarack and Lodge Pole Pine. An actual Cruise has not been made.
The grazing is leased on a year-to-year basis. Historically, the ranch sustains 850 AUMs from June through October. The grass is well-balanced with stubble heights monitored to adequate levels. The tenant is responsible for all fence repairs. With over 27 miles of fence, the condition is good. A north/south running fence transects the ranch into two similar sized east/west pastures. In the early months of the grazing season, an abundance of seasonal streams supply ample water. In the later months, the ranch's sporadically scattered large ponds and springs become the main sources of water. The long ridges and shallow draws provide great timber feed and then transition into clearings and open sagebrush flats as they approach the North Fork of the John Day River Gorge. The past years of strategic logging have created excellent range growth conditions, providing a nice blend of open growing areas along with ample shade for livestock.
Recreation and Wildlife:
This unique property is one of the largest blocks of premier hunting property and recreational units in Eastern Oregon. With creeks, timber, meadows, and open areas this property provides peace and quiet without interference from the outside world.
The hunting is exceptional for deer, elk, bear and turkey. There are cougar, bobcats and a host of other small wildlife. Grouse provide additional bird hunting. The land has been managed for a hunting ranch for deer and elk. Hunters from all over the United States have harvested quality trophy animals on this property. An outfitter from the eastern Oregon has leased the hunting rights for a number of years. Bulls over the 350 mark are harvested annually.
Located in the Heppner Wildlife Management Unit, the ranch qualifies for six (6) Landowner Preference Tags (LOP) under the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife guidelines.
The mule deer habitat is balanced with rim rocks and steep side-hills. The elk habitat is exceptional, with good cover in the timber and lots of meadows for grazing. Water is balanced throughout.
This land provides additional opportunities for recreation, such as snowmobiling, cross country skiing, horseback riding, four-wheeling, and bike riding or hiking.
The fishing in the area is good, due to the proximity of Five-Mile Creek, Camas Creek, and the North Fork John Day River.
The zoning pertaining to the Buckaroo Ranch is GF, Grazing/Farm, which has a minimum parcel size of 160 acres. Private hunting camps and other improvements, including dwellings, are allowed under a conditional use permit.
The former owner retained a significant portion of the mineral rights; therefore, minimal mineral rights are available with the sale of this property.
For assessment purposes the lands are classified as forestlands.
This unit provides a secluded location with no public access, which is very unusual for a tract of this size. There are two gated entries (locked) from USFS roads in the northwest portion of the ranch and from Highway 395 through state and private lands.
The roads through the property are old logging roads that, for the most part, are in good repair. Several rock pits exist with good quality rock that has been used over the years to repair the roads.
The Oregon State Department of Forestry has approved the road system on 5-Mile Creek as a commercial road system that can be used for hauling logs or equipment.
Elevation and Rainfall:
The elevation ranges from approximately 4,100 feet to 4,400 feet with rainfall varying from about 15 inches to 35 inches. Frost-free days number from 60 to 110 annually. The winters are cold with a deep snow pack accumulation. Precipitation occurs in the mountains throughout the year. Snow melt provides most of the water for creeks and meadows. In winter, the ground is covered with snow much of the time. Chinook winds, which blow downslope, are warm and dry and often melt and evaporate the snow.
In Ukiah, Oregon, summers are warm and winters are cold. In the summer months, the average temperatures are 72-84 degrees and in the winter months, the average temperatures are 15-19 degrees. The average annual precipitation is about 16.55 inches.
Umatilla County was created out of a portion of Wasco County on September 27, 1862. The County contains 3,231 square miles and is bordered by the Columbia River on the north, Morrow County on the west, Grant County on the south, and Union and Wallowa Counties on the east.
Originally, Marshall Station was designated as the temporary county seat, followed by Umatilla City in 1865. Today, Pendleton acts as the county seat, due to an 1868 vote leading to its election after a population shift to the area.
Though Lewis and Clark and Oregon Trail pioneers passed through Umatilla County, it didn’t truly expand until the arrival of the railroad in 1881, which opened the area for the development of dryland wheat farming. The County’s economy has a strong agricultural base, with fruit, grain, timber, cattle and sheep being important products.
The Ukiah School District 80R offers education from kindergarten through high school (K-12).
Oregon Department Fish Wildlife: http://www.dfw.state.or.us./
Please contact The Whitney Land Company office to schedule a showing. A listing agent must be present at all times to tour the property.